San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Last Frontier?

The High Desert Corridor could be the last big highway project built in the county. But it won’t be your father’s freeway.Transportation: Viability questions persist for a proposed High Desert freeway.

By Mark Madler October 20, 2014 midnight   $$ Share

End of Line For Factory

Manufacturing: Kinkisharyo kills rail car plant after dispute.

Manufacturing: A labor dispute derails Kinkisharyo’s plan to make Metro rail cars in Palmdale.

Project Gets Burbank OK

Development: Council likes Whole Foods mixed-use.

Development: With approval from Burbank, plans move forward for the 241-unit Talaria apartment project.

Billboard Battle A War of Words

advertising: Santa Clarita being asked to approve sign take-down.

Advertising: Santa Clarita voters will decide the future of local billboards – with businesses on both sides of the issue.

The New Shape Of Pasta

Upscale food supplier opens doors to public at San Fernando plant.

Wholesale: A restaurant supplier tries to enter the retail ravioli market.

Could You Peel Me A Grape?

Personal assistants business a hit with not the usual suspects.

Personal Services: Run Around Betties wants to provide assistants to average folk.

Saving Water By Bytes And Bits

Wi-Fi weather reports control irrigation, dribbling out drops.

Innovation: The City of Calabasas installs a new smart irrigation system to cut water costs.

The Number

The Number: It’s not easy forecasting growth in the Valley, even for economist Bill Roberts.

Tricks And Treats

Retail: As Halloween becomes adult fun, costume stores are profiting year-round.

Retail: Halloween stores expand by becoming a year-round shopping destination for the costume crowd.

Boomers Breathe Life Into Insurance Products

Finance: New York Life expanding into larger Warner Center offices.

The San Fernando Valley office of New York Life Insurance Co. is making a big bet on growth.

Bank Employees Called Up to Help the Troops

Giving: Workers assemble toiletry kits, send letters to soldiers in field.

Feeling grateful?

Manufacturer Flies From Palmdale to Valencia

Manufacturing: Crissair Inc. takes 70,000 square feet to make room for growth.

This month Crissair Inc. completed the relocation of its operations to Valencia after having run out of room at a long-time facility in Palmdale.

Real Life Storage Wars

Small-time storage operators are finding challenges in a mature market in which big public REITs have access to cheap capital.

Industry: From multinational REITs to single-location entrepreneurs, the self-storage sector is going full blast.

Industry Giant Public Storage Flexing Muscles

Investment: Preferred shares fuel Glendale REIT’s aggressive growth strategy.

Focus: Public Storage is the biggest player in the industry, but plans to get even bigger.

Buried Treasure

Barry Hoeven has spent decades in the storage industry and has seen some pretty strange things in his day.

Q&A: Cancer, cops and real estate development – it’s all in the self-storage career of Barry Hoeven.

Valley Makes Big Comeback After Disheartening Second Quarter

Reports: Major office and industrial deals in San Fernando Valley-area submarkets.

Sister Cities Are Suddenly Attractive to Tenants Seeking Space

Reports: Major office and industrial deals in Valley-area submarkets - Burbank and Glendale.

Ventura County Continues to Pull Migrants From L.A. Market

Reports: Major office and industrial deals in Valley-area submarkets - Conejo Valley.

Lack of New Product Tempers Optimism Despite Improvement

Reports: Major office and industrial deals in Valley-area submarkets - Santa Clarita Valley.

High Desert Market Reaches New Highs and Lows in Quarter

Reports: Major office and industrial deals in Valley-area submarkets - Antelope Valley.

around the valleys

News and notes from around the greater San Fernando Valley

Universal Studios is opening a theme park in suburban Beijing in 2019.


Market Watch Summary

Stocks slumped during the two-week period ended Oct. 15 as the Ebola outbreak, mixed economic data and lower oil prices battered the market.

Everyone Was Not On Board

Editor: A case study on Kinkisharyo.

The Valley’s Critical Water Needs

Proposition 1 provides key funding for cleaning the Valley’s polluted groundwater at a time of drought.

Op-Ed: Saving the Valley’s groundwater.

The Diminishing Art of Collecting

Op-Ed: in praise of collecting.